HOLLA ON THE GO: I was riding my usual bus to work…

I was riding my usual bus to work, and it was early in the morning so it wasn’t crowded. I was sitting on the seat close to the aisle, with my bag on the seat beside me. At one of the bus stops, three men get in the bus. The bus had a few empty seats, but one of them asks to sit down. I grabbed my bags and put them on my lap. I move aside to let him sit closer to the window. I don’t like sliding to the window because then I feel trapped.

I then noticed out of the side of my eye some movement near his lap. I then see that this man is exposing and fondling himself in the seat beside me.

I kinda froze for a second, then I moved to one of the open seats. My stop was coming up, so I just ignored him. Part of my regrets not saying anything, but I didn’t want to give him any more of a reaction.

I feel so violated and like a dirty object. I have been struggling with being highly distracted today, and feeling like crying or vomiting. It’s been quite a while since I’ve experienced any sort of street harassment, and I’ve never experienced this level of harassment before. Now, I just want to hide under a blanket.